NICK CHAP­MAN

What Car? - - Advice -

Age 32 Job Store man­ager Drives Audi S3 Sportback, Honda S2000

“Nei­ther of my cars is per­fectly suited to daily life, so I’m look­ing for some­thing to join them that’s prac­ti­cal but still stands out.

“In­te­rior qual­ity is im­por­tant to me, but no small SUV is re­ally known for that yet. How­ever, the ma­te­ri­als in­side the T-cross feel re­ally good.

“From the out­side, too, there’s an air of qual­ity about the car’s look. Most ri­vals are funky, while this is ma­ture but ex­cit­ing.

“I love the styling at the rear; the full-width strip isn’t ac­tu­ally a light, rather a re­flec­tor, but it still looks fan­tas­tic. It’s just dif­fer­ent from other Volk­swa­gens.

“The largest wheels avail­able are 18in across, which is a shame; an­other inch or two would make a big dif­fer­ence to the look. It could also do with vis­i­ble ex­haust pipes.

“The graph­ics on the screens in­side are re­ally sharp, while it’s cool to have the nu­mer­ous per­son­al­i­sa­tion op­tions. The [op­tional] 300W Beats stereo sounds sur­pris­ingly good, and the cool brand will ap­peal to peo­ple.

“My main worry is en­gine op­tions. I’d want the 1.5-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine, rather than a lit­tle 1.0-litre unit; 113bhp just isn’t enough for me.”

Nick loves the T-cross’s chunky looks and planted stance but wishes for larger wheels

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